Next Trip, Champions & Upcoming Events

November 4, 2013 | Steve Fredlund

Muraho! (Hello)

Here’s a brief peek at what Our Response has planned for the months ahead. Be sure to keep reading to catch the details and mark your calendars.

  1. Application period for the fall 2014 trip is NOW open through end of November
  2. Go public with your support by becoming an Our Response Champion
  3. Come hear from the last trip team on November 14
  4. 4th Annual Celebration on January 26
  5. Special evening for child sponsors on February 22
  6. April is “Our Response to AIDS Month”
  7. Team World Vision just completed efforts to raise thousands for clean water

NEXT TRIP — We are tentatively planning on returning to Kivuruga in the fall of 2014, about a year from now! The application process has been moved up, so please take note if you are interested. The initial application is open through November 30, 2013, with selections made by the end of this year. If you would like an application or would like to discuss the trip, please contact Steve Fredlund at or 651.587.5435.

OUR RESPONSE CHAMPIONS — We are looking for individuals and organizations to “go public” by becoming official Our Response Champions. There is no financial commitment, just a commitment to intentionally support and encourage the efforts of Our Response. If interested, contact Steve Fredlund at or 651.587.5435. We are also looking for financial partners for 2014.

NOVEMBER 14 — Brad Wold and Steve Fredlund are hosting a discussion regarding the most recent trip to Rwanda, 6:30–8 p.m., at the Gathering Place, 145 2nd Avenue SE, Cambridge. This will be an interactive discussion with many pictures, videos, and artifacts to be shared. All are welcome!

JANUARY 26 —The 4th Our Response Annual Celebration will focus on “Celebrating the Story,” a wonderful event that will reflect on our first four years and look ahead to an exciting and impactful future. The Celebration will start at 6:30 pm, at the Performing Arts Center of the Cambridge-Isanti High School.

FEBRUARY 22 — We will host a special evening for current sponsors of children in Kivuruga, Rwanda. We want to thank our sponsors, as well as share details about the impact of sponsorship. We also want to highlight the experiences of those who have been to Rwanda and discuss other ideas. More details will follow, but mark the date.

APRIL — We are currently looking at claiming April as “Our Response to AIDS Month.” We plan to ask individuals and organizations to fully engage in raising awareness and funding for AIDS Caregiver Kits. We will assemble the kits in September and ship them to Kivuruga prior to our next trip.

TEAM WORLD VISION — This past weekend a team of runners partnered with Team World Vision to help bring clean water to the people of Rwanda. We are waiting for the totals to come in, but just want to say, “Thank you,” to the leadership: Calvin Friend, who led the Running to Respond efforts in East Central Minnesota, and Bill Ryan, who led the Leslie’s Wish effort at Allianz. Clean water is such a critical element to individual health, as well as the health of an entire community.

If you are not on the email list to receive updates, please send a note to Also feel free to reach out if you want to chat, become personally engaged, or get your organization involved. Thanks for all you are doing for the beautiful people of Kivuruga, and for injecting compassion throughout East Central Minnesota.

In gratitude,